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Children's LiteratureDo you know what catching air means? Have you ever shredded a snowy hill? Have you gotten up extra early so you could go out on a winter day and be the first to see the dust on the crust? If you are somewhat confused by this language, pick up Beth Gruber's Snowboarding for Fun and learn about the "lingo" of a relatively new sport. Developed only about thirty-five years ago, snowboarding combines the basic ride of skateboarding with the speed and agility of skiing. Snowboarding is a sport that continues to evolve in terms of its demands, techniques, and clientele. In this illustrated book author Gruber follows the format used in the broader "Sports for Fun" series of which it is a part. Gruber concisely presents the basic history of snowboarding, key techniques, the vocabulary of the sport, and its organization. She also touches upon the safety factors to keep in mind when undertaking so fast-paced an outdoor activity as snowboarding. All in all, this is a book that will provide interesting insights into a sport that is very appealing to outdoor activists with a wintertime bent. 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 10.
— Greg M. Romaneck